Widening the I

commentary on dance and other events that catch my fancy. mostly dance though.

American Realness: improv in response to Faye Driscoll

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After seeing Faye Driscoll’s work in progress not…not at the festival, I was interested in exploring embodied responses to the work. This response was a sort of micro-collaboration between myself and Stephanie Miracle. We both attended the performance held at the Abrons Arts Center on Friday, January 7, 2011, with choreography by Driscoll, performed by Driscoll and the always-interesting Jesse Zaritt, with an original sound score by Brandon Wolcott and lighting by Amanda K. Ringger.

For one layer of the response, I made a list of half a dozen words that were still surfacing for me a few days later when I thought about the dance: gremlin, skipping, smeared, frenetic, ashamed and awkward. I gave the list of words to Stephanie to have her keep in mind as she was improvising, along with her own memories and impressions of the work. I thought it was fascinating to see what Stephanie thought and how she felt about the piece through watching her movement. The result is not a re-creation, but has a definite link and connection to the original. Stephanie spoke a bit about the strangeness of responding to a work with two performers with only her own body, and noted that she was relating more to Driscoll’s movement than Zaritt’s. So check out the layered response in this 5 minute solo improv below…

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Written by wideningthei

January 12, 2011 at 8:39 pm

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  1. There should be some space for this kind of response. I think it’s a great idea. It embodies the generative quality of a work of art. More, please.

    Eva Yaa Asantewaa

    January 25, 2011 at 6:46 am


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